Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Lori Ann Safar, DDS -  - General & Cosmetic Dentist

Celebrity Smile

Lori Ann Safar, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in San Diego, CA

Is the thought of going to the dentist enough to make you break out into a sweat? If you’re nodding your head right now, Lori Safar, DDS, at Celebrity Smile in San Diego, California, may have the right solution to get you into the office: sedation dentistry. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help get you through your next dental appointment.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Also known as sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax, or fall asleep completely, while at the dentist.

These sedation techniques are designed specifically for patients with dental phobias, especially for those who are so scared of going to the dentist that they simply skip routine cleanings and major procedures that are vital to their dental health.

How does sedation dentistry work?

There are different levels of sedation in sleep dentistry, which include:

Minimal sedation

If your dentist puts you under minimal sedation, you will still be awake, but totally relaxed. Some forms of minimal sedation are nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, and oral sedation, which can range from mild to moderate.

Moderate sedation

Under moderate sedation, you will be conscious, but you may slur your words when you speak. Some forms of moderate sedation are oral sedation — oral tablets or pills — and IV sedation, where you’re given a sedative drug intravenously.

Deep sedation

When you’re put under deep sedation, or general anesthesia, you’re totally asleep. The effects will either wear off eventually, or Dr. Safar will have to wake you up through medication.

Who is sedation dentistry for?

Sleep dentistry is meant for anybody with a fear of going to the dentist. It’s best used if you:

  • Can’t sit still in a dentist’s chair
  • Have a low pain tolerance
  • Suffer from a bad gag reflex
  • Need a lot of extensive dental work
  • Have extremely sensitive teeth

Children are often given nitrous oxide to help them remain calm during a routine visit, like a dental cleaning or cavity filling.

How can I benefit from sedation dentistry?

When you need to have major dental work done, your fear of going to the dentist can completely hinder your ability to schedule that crucial appointment.

If the only thing stopping you from going to the dentist is your own dental phobia, then sleep dentistry is what you may need to take care of your teeth. Simply knowing that you have the option to undergo some form of sedation may be enough to compel you to pick up the phone and show up to your appointment.

Call Celebrity Smile today or book an appointment online for more information on how sedation dentistry can help you overcome your fear of visiting the dentist.